Federal State Budget Organization “Nenetsky State Natural Reserve”.
Funding support: State budget of the Russian Federation
Number of staff: 2 staffs of Research and Ecological Education Branch
Number of visitors per year: 30-50 people per year visit the territory of the State Reserve. 800-1,000 people per year visit enclosures with brown bear (administrative area of the State Reserve located in Naryan-Mar town’s borders)
Overall aims of the centre
Development of ecological world outlook, creation of positive public image of the state reserve and its activity; attracting of wide public attention to the issues and aims of the State Reserve.
Description of the centre
Nenetsky State Natural Reserve is located on North-East of European part of Russia, in Nenetsky Autonomous Area. Total squire of State Reserve is 313,4 thousand ha and 181,9 thousand ha of them (58,04%) is sea area. State Reserve is partially protects a valuable area – Pechora River Delta (Korovinskaya Bay, Pechora river delta itself and Russky Zavorot peninsula) – complex wetland of international importance included in Shadow List of Ramsar Convention.
The most part of the Reserve’s territory is located in subzone of typical (Northern Hypo-Arctic) tundra. One of the most bright and peculiar natural complexes of the State Reserve is Arctic spotted tundra.
Unique communities of tundra zone – marine grasslands, or marshes of different level have a great importance among natural ecosystems of the State Reserve. Main State Reserve’s goals are protection of territory, research activity and ecological education. 30-50 people on average visit State Reserve’s territory per year.
Main CEPA work areas
Ecological education and awareness of the Area citizens are related to pre-school, secondary and professional school education through mass-media, state cultural and non-governmental organizations’ activity. Our centre is also engaged in advertising, publishing and exposition activity; carrying out of conservation and ecological celebrations and actions.
Top three successes
Annual family contest “My Baby-Walrus” implemented jointly with WWF and devoted to the Walrus Day attracts more than 200 people – more than 15 families are annually participating in this competition.
Quest devoted to the Birds Day that is holding on ecological trail of Museum of Local Lore– all schools of the town take part in this celebration carrying out in frames of “March for Parks” action.
Travelling exhibition providing information about all protected areas of the Nenetsky Autonomous Area, exhibition of wooden birds and fish for citizens of distant villages located closely to the State Reserve area.
Top three challenges
There is no appropriate infrastructure as visit-centre, guest lodges, equipped tracks etc.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures
Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Fund-raising; Project planning.
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